Shauna Smith Qualifies For Shot At National Title

June 13, 2003


Laramie, Wyo. (June 12, 2003) -- Wyoming's Shauna Smith highlighted theUniversity of Wyoming track and field program Thursday at the 83rd annualNCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Thesophomore ran a semifinal time of 57.22 in the 400 meter hurdles, rankingher seventh on the day. Smith is one of eight hurdlers that will becompeting for a Division I Individual National Championship in the event onFriday. Her time once again set a new school record, thus marking the fourthconsecutive race that she has broke her UW record in the 400 meter hurdles.

"She had a great race," said UW head track and field coach Don Yentes. "Sheis running awesome and just keeps getting better and better. She has had agreat season thus far and no matter what happens tomorrow she will more thanlikely be an All-American."

Cowgirl sprinter Jessica Fox was also in action on Thursday. The sophomoreplaced second in her heat in the first round of the 400 meter dash. Her timeof 52.74 ranked tenth on the day and advances her, along with 15 othersprinters, into the semifinals.

"She wasn't feeling very good today and that shows in her time" saidYentes. "But, she survived and moves on to Friday and that is what this meetis all about."

Unfortunately on Thursday senior Quincy Howe ended his brilliant Cowboycareer by not advancing into the finals of the triple jump. The senior fromPerrylands, Trinindad, fouled on his first two attempts and then recorded amark of 51' 5" placing him 18th. Howe ends his reign at UW with eightconference titles (2 WAC and 4 MWC) in the indoor and outdoor triple jumpand he twice earned All-American honors.

"Quincy has accomplished things that will never be repeated at Wyoming,"commented Yentes. "He has done great things for our program and we all aregoing to miss him very much."

Action continues tomorrow at Sacramento State's Hornet Stadium as Smithraces for a National Championship in the 400 meter hurdles at 8:25 p.m. andFox runs in the semifinals of the 400 meter dash at 9:25 p.m.